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Old 02-14-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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Hello to all our FGRV friends. Got home for our "big" 4-month trip in December with a bit of a sore back and finally got around to seeing my doctor last week. It turns out I have kidney cancer and will be having my right kidney removed sometime soon. Good news is it's classified as stage one, fully-contained cancer, which means surgery should take care of it all. Not to worry, we hope to be at a gathering in April.

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Old 02-14-2011, 10:28 AM   #2
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My dad had that, found very early, and he lived for another ten years until he died of unrelated causes.

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Old 02-14-2011, 10:58 AM   #3
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My mom laid in bed for three month saying her back hurt, when she did go to the hospital they found cancer in her lower back and spine, she passed away Christmas morning 2004 after a very short stay in the nursing home. Early detection is the key, good luck Vicki.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:12 AM   #4
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Hi: Ian-Vicki... Glad to know you're back safe. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I promise I won't complain about my kidney stones ever again!!!
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:21 AM   #5
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I am sorry you got such a diagnosis. But certainly glad to hear it was caught early. Take care of yourself, and you will soon be back to enjoying your travels. Thoughts and Prayers!
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:25 AM   #6
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:41 AM   #7
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Sending good thoughts to you and the doctors that take care of you.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:36 AM   #8
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Vicki, I am so glad for the early diagnosis!!! Just said a prayer for you.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:02 AM   #9
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There's a bit of good news amoung the bad. Take care of yourself and keep us informed. Where would you have it done? In Victoria or on the mainland? God speed.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:37 AM   #10
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:29 AM   #11
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vicki....so happy it's stage one!! that is excellent news---the good with the bad---and dennis and i will be keeping you even more in our thoughts...
take care.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:46 AM   #12
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Ian and Vicki,
Glad to hear your trip went reasonably well.

Vicki, sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but it's good they caught it early. As a fellow cancer survivor (stage 3 neck cancer-4 years cancer free) I know first hand what an ordeal it could be going through surgery/treatment. I'm pulling for you to make a full and speedy recovery.

My prayers and best wishes to you both in this trying time.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:22 AM   #13
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another survivor here.. stage 1 lung cancer. I am 8 years out with no recurrence. I'm done.

You'll never miss the body part, trust me.

Stage one is good, it'll be an annoyance for awhile, but soon you'll say "Good ridance!"
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:28 AM   #14
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You might talk to your surgeon about surgery options; a friend of mine is a urology surgeon and he does a laparascopic kidney removal- it still needs one larger cut for the kidney itself but it cuts down on recovery time. It sounds like it is becoming more standard to do it that way (Dad had the huge incision) so maybe that is the plan already. And a colleague of mine (same situation, early detection) had the traditional surgery like Dad's and was ready to come back to work in about four weeks (doctor made him stay out six, though.)

Dad, on the other hand, heard, "Six months before you can lift anything" and decided if he put an electric winch on the boat trailer he could take the boat out himself anyway. And two weeks after surgery his friends took him to the Seattle Boat Show and nearly killed him! So plan on taking it easy and not overdoing even when you feel better.

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